Flood: Residents cry for help in Akwa Ibom — Metro Times Nigeria

Flood: Residents cry for help in Akwa Ibom

Residents of the Uyo metropolis have expressed their dissatisfaction with the severe rains that hit the city last weekend, submerging key thoroughfares.

Idoro road opposite Julius Berger intersection, Atiku Abubakar way, Ikot Oku Ikono, and Udo Umanah streets axis of the state are among the worst-affected locations.

Mr Udimisor, one of the flood victims, told media in Uyo that his complex was submerged and all the rooms in the structure were flooded during the heavy downpour on Saturday.

“I have lived in this compound for the past 5 years and have never encountered a flood like this,” he claimed. The rain began at 9 a.m. and lasted for seven hours. As no one could come or go, the entrance to my compound turned into a river.

Mr Ifiok Elijah Ezekiel Udo, another neighbor, said the same water destroyed his compound’s backyard fence and collapsed the soak away pit.

“The water rushed in, causing the fence in my backyard to collapse. Now I need more than N200,000 to fix the soakaway system and restore the fence,” he stated.

When asked, residents of Udo Umanah and other streets in the region said the entrance to the summit complex hotel and the surrounding area were entirely drowned.

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Mr Charles Udoh, the state commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, said in a telephone interview that drainage regulated projects are continuing in the state, but that the sites described are not involved.

He stated that he had not yet been informed of the occurrence and that he would act as soon as he received official information.

“I’m not aware that this axis has been flooded. He stated, “Once I receive an official report from them, the government will respond properly.”

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